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Overheard

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  1. Rosie
    Member

    "You glow under the bridge" said a bloke in a yellow viz as he passed me on Russell Road this morning. I wear a Proviz 360Reflect in silver, which I think very dashing and far more tasteful than yellow or orange viz.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. Rosie
    Member

    & to continue the dashing jacket theme, I was terribly flattered this morning when a beautiful young woman on the towpath asked me where she could buy one! Like me, she eschews the yellow or orange monstrosities.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. Stickman
    Member

    Cycle Republic on Morrison Street had one hanging up in a position that positively glowed when seen from the street at night. Don't know if it was a deliberate placement but it was very effective and made me think about getting one.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. Rosie
    Member

    @Stickman - they do glow at night and go a fetching space-age silver when wet.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. qwerty
    Member

    Rosie - we have Proviz jackets too, they're amazing! Not terribly heard wearing but 10/10 for visibility. I bought them last winter after repeatedly seeing people looking like this & being v. impressed! A bit expensive but makes me feel better on those dark, long winter nights.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. Rosie
    Member

    @qwerty - I've found it's resisted monsoon rains so far.
    However I haven't taken it touring as yet for the proper test against the elements.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. galaxy
    Member

    I've had a proviz 360 rucksack cover for close to 2 years now. It's really good but I'd worry about a jacket being breathable enough if its the same material. Also, the reflective bit is coming off at the top where I always access my bag.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. Greenroofer
    Member

    Micro-Greenroofer this evening, as we were playing at the bike shed (I was prepping a bike, he was riding his in circles) "Dad, what's a chainwhip?"

    I thought "that's my boy!" and asked where he'd heard about a chainwhip.

    He replied "Oh, it's something I read in my Beast Quest book"

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Cycled up Braid hill to listen to the fireworks with the traditional thirteen second delay.

    Two lights came straight up the north side over the golf course, schoolboys on MTBs, one with a loose crank.

    'There's no difference between cheap bikes and nice bikes' he opined.

    Who would I be to disagree, even if his 'cheap' bike was a nice Trek hardtail retailing at around £700.

    I'll ride up where he did in daylight some time to see if I'm physically capable.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Enthusiastic parent at the ERC junior cyclocross competition in Inch Park.

    'Come on Chloe! Good suffering!'

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. Rosie
    Member

    A few weeks ago at Morrison Crescent. Car with crumpled bonnet had pranged into a bus. One bystander to the other:- "They can't have not seen it, they must have been texting."

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. Frenchy
    Member

    In a restaurant, professor of science sat near me, talking about their recent experiences reviewing grant applications for a very general funding call for ideas to "progress the nation".

    "... there was an application for research looking into how to get more people using cycle lanes. But, you know what was missing?

    [incredulous]Anything, at all, suggesting training for people in how to use cycle lanes![/incredulous]"

    A tongue may have been bitten.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. Greenroofer
    Member

    Just gone into the front room to find Mrs Greenroofer watching a programme on BBC Alba about refugees in Denmark learning to maintain bicycles. So that's a programme in Gaelic about people who speak Syrian talking about their experiences and people who speak Danish talking about their experiences. Luckily there were subtitles in a language I did understand.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. gembo
    Member

    Meanwhile on red button team GB won two golds down in manchester

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. wingpig
    Member

    Someone drove to a gym. Their car had a flat tyre. They drove on anyway, shredding the tyre and probably knackering the rim.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  16. neddie
    Member

    Their car had a flat tyre. They drove on anyway.

    This seems to be more and more common.

    Maybe they think they have "run-flats"

    Or maybe they have no spare, since manufacturers seem to have deemed them unnecessary.

    Obviously the manufacturers have never seen the amount of nails that trades-people drop out of their vans...

    Posted 9 months ago #
  17. wee folding bike
    Member

    I'm not sure everyone knows how to change a car wheel anymore.

    It can be hard to spot a rear flat.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  18. acsimpson
    Member

    Changing it's the easy bit. It's working out that it's gone in the first bit that's tricky:

    In my the cars defence the road was very rough and so the ride quality didn't change much.

    Posted 9 months ago #
  19. steveo
    Member

    "...everyone else is going slow but he was riding like he was at the velodrome...."

    At least some Roseburn park residents recognise we're not all the same. And for the record "he" was properly trucking on when he passed me a few moments earlier.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  20. HankChief
    Member

    If they had been there earlier they would have overheard me castigating a dog walker for having a wee against a tree (the dog walker, not the dog)...

    It was difficult to find a choice of words that would prevent multiple questions from the kids...

    Posted 3 months ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Overheard at the lights on Craigmillar Park at 18h40;

    Gentleman with broad northern accent looking at his phone; 'Says on here sunset's at six forty.'

    His lady friend; 'So is it dark?'

    IWRATS looks at the sky, observes the sun setting and nods sagely.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. Stickman
    Member

    Overheard two colleagues discussing cycle routes. One was bemoaning the lack of a safe route she felt was safe enough to take her child to nursery in his trailer.

    Posted 2 months ago #

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